Even in childhood, tales offered us important lessons, good examples, and taught us what is good and not. As we grew up, books began to cover various areas of interest. When you read a good book, you won’t necessarily remember its personages or its story, but its lesson. Due to the following 5 things I’ve learned about books, you will understand why reading is so important for self-improvement.
5 thing I’ve learned about books
- Through books, you can understand things that you didn’t previously
At least, this is the main reason that makes a book so memorable. The more you read, the more you learn new things. Books nourish both your curiosity and creativity. Overall, they will boost your intelligence. Probably, the vast majority of things you know now, you discovered while lecturing. As you read more, you become able to attain a wide variety of topics of discussion.
- Books impact the way you think
When you read a great story, you start to see the world through the author’s eyes. Moreover, you perceive things differently until you change your thinking. After you make a routine from reading daily, you increase your knowledge. For example, when you read a book on psychology, you will have another perspective about the world around you and people’s actions. In short, reading shapes your mind over time.
- Reading influences your actions and behavior
After you change your thinking for the better, you will also act differently. Even books have that “call to action” that makes you improve how you do things. Also, they motivate and inspire you in your future actions. To exemplify, let’s take a book about finances. After such a book, you will pay more attention to your money, how you invest them, and how to save them even if you didn’t think about that previously. Consequently, what you read is an enabler to change for the better.
- It’s okay to skip a book you don’t like
Many people do things just because they are on the “to do” list. Whether they like it or not, they feel forced to finish them. But who’s pressuring them so much? Yes, their minds. Not everything should be done only for a checkmark on the list. Also, it applies in our case. There are millions of books out there. Some are memorable, some are good, but others won’t fit your preferences. Therefore, give yourself permission to give up on things that don’t fuel your interests. Books are like people: You can’t have compatibility with all of them.
- Reading is not studying
These two words are not even synonyms. Reading is personal “research”, you do it for your personal pleasure. On the other hand, you study for a certain thing. Both of them may be pleasurable, but they have a different purpose. When you practice reading as a hobby, you will increase your appetite to study and to learn.
Best books you can learn from
If you liked my article, but you are not entirely convinced, I recommend you to have a look at these books and try at least one of them. They will surely help you understand that books are for sure our best teachers in life.
- Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
- The power of positive thinking, by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- Why we do what we do: Understanding Self-Motivation, by Edward L. Deci
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that can’t stop talking, by Susan Cain
- 168 hours: You have more time than you think, by Laura Vanderkam
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki
- Unfu*k yourself, by Gary John Bishop
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari
- 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, by Jordan Peterson.
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